Teaching-learning Processes beyond the Classroom and the University in the Online Journalism Field: Experiences of International Virtual Cooperation for Multimedia Production

IAMCR2019.jpgThis communication presents the results of a project funded by the University of the Basque Country and developed by the group specialized in educational innovation (KZBerri), focused on the teaching-learning processes in subjects related to cyber journalism. This professional and knowledge field represents one of the main engines of the advancement and pedagogical renewal that the curricula in Communication have been experiencing in the last two decades, reform that in Europe was materialized in 2010 with the implementation of the European Space of Higher Education (EHEA). The University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU) was a pioneer in this renovation by introducing the optional subject “Electronic Journalism” in 1996 and, later, in 2010, the subject “Cyber ​​Journalistic Writing”, common for its three grades in Social Communication (Journalism, Advertising and Audiovisual Communication). This course-subject has become a nursery of didactic innovation and since 2017 it has been subject to the application of various innovative teaching methodologies. The paper examines one of these methodologies, based on the virtual international collaboration between UPV / EHU students and students from leading Ibero-American universities in cyber journalism, specifically, the Brazilian Mato Grosso do Sul and Pirauí, and the Portuguese Beira Interior and Porto . During the first semester of the 2018/2019 academic year, these students were organized into five working groups, each consisting of two Brazilian students, two Portuguese and one Basque, who jointly and in depth developed information coverages for development. of multimedia web only stories. For the analysis of the experience, several qualitative methods have been applied (student and teacher surveys, discussion group and interaction analysis for virtual collaboration). The results offered by the paper shed light to understand the advantages and disadvantages derived from the introduction of factors such as virtual collaboration for internationalization at home (IaH) (Crowther et al., 2000; Harrison, 2005; Knight, 2007; Holmes & O’Neill, 2012) and the promotion of multilingualism (Ishikura, 2015) in an area such as cyber journalism. Fundamentally, they allow us to recognize whether, as in other areas, the teaching of cyber journalism can converge today at the international level (Latin America) and in what aspects.

link IAMCR Madrid 2019 Conference